[UPS] Thanks, jerks.

Posted by Ken-A 
servbot30 Wrote:
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> Sometimes the package eats it at the 'factory', so
> to speak. I currently work for Amazon.com at a
> shipping factory. I work on a conveyor line where
> I pack items and send them out to shipped. This is
> a 10 hour shift in 115 degree heat with little
> time to rest.

I feel you. This brings up a really good point - the warehouses where all your stuff is packed and shipped are about as comfortable as Mordor. Warehouses are hot in the summer, freezing in the winter, choked to the brim with industrial refuse (dust, exhaust, petroleum, etc.), noisy as a jackhammer, and full of stuff that can permanently maim or kill you in a heartbeat. The difference between that kind of labor in the US versus a "third world country" is the base wage and little else. All the governmental oversight that's supposed to ensure our safety and quality of life counts for shit in the day-to-day operation of a warehouse. Regardless of where that kind of system exists the end result is that it always treats people like human machines. And when a machine becomes inefficient or too expensive to maintain you just replace it with another one. Easy.

Physical labor itself does not inevitably produce alienation. But being treated like a machine sure as fuck does. I had no sympathy for how boxes were treated at UPS. I was a machine. Machines don't give a fuck.


repairtechjon Wrote:
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> Servbot30, Gcrush, and Sanjeev, need to go into
> buisness together. I see sunshine and ponies in
> your futures.

That's just a hallucination created by misfiring neurons in your brain as your retinas burn out from the bomb flash.


Sanjeev Wrote:
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> How are they supposed to be "exclusive" if any
> jamoke can preorder them online?

You don't really want to have to go to SDCC to buy them, do you?
AcroRay Wrote:
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> They suck.

I have not been privy to any information which suggests USPS or FedEx operate in a significantly different capacity than UPS. And my own anecdotal experiences with damaged goods show that they're all equally piss-poor, though only a fraction of the time. The logistics of the scale at which all these companies exist practically demands an environment that produces these effects.

As the saying goes, you can have any two out of these three:

1) Good
2) Fast
3) Cheap

When people complain about the service they get 99% of the time it's at the bottom tier. But the fact is you can get all your stuff delivered timely and in perfect condition. You just have to pay for the premium delivery services. Which a lot of corporations do because they know the score and they have the financial leverage to ensure they get what they want. The bulk of what UPS and FedEx do is corporate accounts. Do you know how much leverage you get as an individual customer? None. You best bet for quality is to hang the cost and piggy back on the levels of service that corporate accounts utilize. But, like I said, most people can't or don't want to do that.
Anonymous User
For reliability and cost, USPS Priority and FedEx Ground are the best, with FedEx performing best for me and including tracking and automatic insurance for the price. Since I'm not a business, UPS always costs more for the same service, is more difficult to get it into their hands and for them to put it in my recipient's hands, and about 5X more likely to be significantly damaged in transit. USPS Priority is a good deal as well considering reliability and safety also, but you have to pay more for the extras and their over-the-counter service is painfully slow and undermanned.
repairtechjon Wrote:
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> Servbot30, Gcrush, and Sanjeev, need to go into
> buisness together. I see sunshine and ponies in
> your futures.

That would rock. You don't even know.
For what it is worth, I worked for a short time at the main post office for a medium sized town. I sorted incoming mail for distribution to the individual carriers.

What I saw was that USPS Priority mail was treated very well, (at least in our facility) both in terms of handling and quickness of movement.

Given the choice I always ship this way. It's a good, cost efficient, mostly simple, relatively fast option that is likely to get your package to its destination in one piece.

Thank you
Nice inside heads up Jake. How far back was that?

I have several friends (young, and old-timers)who work for various post offices, and distribution center, and since "real" snail mail has tapered way the heck off, with Gore's invention of this here interweb, the sheer volume going through many facilities is much lower. So, boxes are picking up the slack, and getting relatively good, fast attention.

Of course, this doesn't suit bean counting, so branches are closing, and layoffs, to keep the stress-per-person ratio amped back up recently.
Once when I was with UPS we had a box of adult toys bust open on a conveyor belt. Dildos and magazines flew everywhere. It was as if The Gods Must Be Crazy were filmed in LA. Crazy.

But that's not what I came here to talk about. No. Today I got a box in the mail (thanks, USPS!) and when I opened it the packing material seemed... Fleshy. Then I caught a half-hidden "SEX" emblazoned on one piece with the word "-owjob" underneath it. So I took out the crinkled-up paper and straightened it out. The dood had packed my stuff in an old Maxim magazine.

At first I thought it was cool someone would do that.

But then I thought it was lame that they wouldn't go all the way and ship it in real porn.

Finally I felt a little sad because people probably can't pack stuff in real porno magazines anymore because nobody reads that stuff since the advent of mass high-speed internet access. Hell, can you even buy porno mags anymore? Who even sells them?
Only every 7-11. I know Borders carries nudie mags, too. Probably B&N.

Not that I look, or anything.

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You know, considering the weight (17 pounds) and size (super-big) of the package, UPS actually did right by me with this one. Despite somewhat significant reconfiguration of the upper corner quadrant of the box, nothing inside actually got damaged:



Granted, it was just a bunch of worthless Loincloth Lenny & His Totally Fabulous Buddies figures, but still, the toys' packaging was unmarred. Amazing! Loincloth Lenny is happy to have survived the trip and looks forward to frolicking with his Fabulous Buds:



And yes, I'm totally setting myself up by admitting to having ordered 17 pounds' worth of Loincloth Lenny figures. Have at it, you freaking vultures.



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gingaio Wrote:
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> And yes, I'm totally setting myself up by
> admitting to having ordered 17 pounds' worth of
> Loincloth Lenny figures. Have at it, you freaking
> vultures.

Don't sweat it. I've got them color-coordinated on my shelf. Aside from a few dull-looking numbers it's spectacular!
Sanjeev (Admin)
I lurve 'em...I have Glow Lenny, myself. And Smurf Lenny, too.
repairtechjon Wrote:
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> Nice inside heads up Jake. How far back was that?

Ack, sorry I missed the inquiry. I worked at the Amherst, MA. main Post Office in the summer of 2000. Before that I worked in shipping & receiving at the MFA in Boston for 2 years.

Thank you
Today's gift from my old friends at UPS:




Best, Ken-A
I'm pretty sure someone 'mistook' that one for a seat.
mcfitch (Admin)
UPS sent you a pocketbook?
-Mason

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Matthewalt "I actually kinda LIKE that approach! You know: let's make a TOY. Remember those? Products designed to be played with without breaking? DO YOU REMEMBER, LOVE?!"
mcfitch Wrote:
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> UPS sent you a pocketbook?
> -Mason


Yes, in grey to match my Sharktopus T-shirt: [www.heruniverseshop.com]

You like?
mcfitch (Admin)
Hell yeah! They're dazzling together.
-Mason

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Matthewalt "I actually kinda LIKE that approach! You know: let's make a TOY. Remember those? Products designed to be played with without breaking? DO YOU REMEMBER, LOVE?!"
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